Archer Elementary School, PS 531

Grades Pre-K, K-5

What’s Special

New school off to a good start

The Downside

Too soon to say

Our Review

Opened in 2011, Archer Elementary School seems to be off to a good start: Parents and teachers agree the school is a welcoming place with high expectations for children, according to the Learning Environment Survey. The school's lively website lists events and performances such as concerts and afterschool enrichment programs such as chess and cooking classes.

Principal Zak Haviland, a graduate of Williams College who previously taught special education in District 9, has assembled a faculty that includes teachers with many years teaching in the Bronx, graduates of Williams and Bank Street College of Education, and a staffer who brings his skills as a French chef to the classroom.

Archer Elementary, also known as PS 531, shares a building with PS 536 and Bronx Little School. It is housed in the PS 102 building. The Department of Education decided to close PS 102 for poor performance.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, school website and DOE data, August 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
497
Pre-K seats
18
Asian
11.5%
Black
24.6%
Hispanic
59.2%
White
1.8%
Other
3.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
22%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with the Bronx Little School and PS 536
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
98%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
23%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
87%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
37%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
90%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
93%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
90%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
59%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
87%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
52%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
88%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
89%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
89%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
96% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
23%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
20%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Music and Theater
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
2%
10% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
22% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.91
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.7
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.79
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.97
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.63
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.0
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
97%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
94%
89% Citywide Average
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